SwedishAmerican Welcomes New Interventional Cardiologist, Mazen Hadid, MD

SwedishAmerican Welcomes New Interventional Cardiologist, Mazen Hadid, MD

 

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is pleased to introduce its new interventional cardiologist, Mazen Hadid, MD. Dr. Hadid is board certified in cardiovascular medicine and is board eligible in interventional cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and has a special interest in coronary intervention, cardiogenic shock, and Ischemic heart disease.

Dr. Hadid received his medical degree from Damascus University in Damascus, Syria. He completed his internal medicine residency at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and his interventional cardiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Hadid is now accepting new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the SwedishAmerican Heart Institute at (779) 696-5888.

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

SwedishAmerican Welcomes Andrea Mehlbaum, APN

Rockford Vascular Surgery at SwedishAmerican is pleased to welcome Andrea Mehlbaum, APN. As an advanced practice nurse, Andrea will partner with Rockford Vascular providers to enhance vascular services in both the clinic and hospital setting.

Andrea received a bachelor of science in nursing from Winona State University and recently completed a master of science degree in nursing from Concordia University Wisconsin. Andrea is certified as a family nurse practitioner and has over ten years of critical care nursing experience.

For more information, please call Rockford Vascular Surgery at (779) 696-8799.

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

SwedishAmerican Health System, Aunt Martha’s Launches Hospital-based, Integrated Care Partnership

SwedishAmerican Health System, Aunt Martha’s Launches Hospital-based,

Integrated Care Partnership

 

Collaboration aims to address gap between access and availability of primary care, mental health services, and obstetrics care

 

Rockford, IL – August 2, 2017: Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, one of Illinois’ largest community health centers and most experienced providers of integrated mental health and primary care services, opened its on-site health center at SwedishAmerican Hospital on Tuesday, August 1.  The opening comes six months after the two organizations announced their intent to partner, a move which required federal approval from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

 

“SwedishAmerican is extremely excited to partner with Aunt Martha’s and deliver high quality healthcare services to members of our community who perhaps needs it the most,” says SwedishAmerican President & CEO Dr. Michael Born.

 

“Too many of our residents, particularly those who are underserved and uninsured, now can gain access to better designed medical care. They will be set-up with a provider, having access to a medical home, rather than relying upon the emergency department for primary care.”

 

The new clinic, located in nearly 4,500 sq. ft. of newly renovated space on the Hospital’s third floor, will offer primary care services when it opens this week.  Women’s health services (obstetrics and gynecology), and mental health services (via telepsychiatry), are scheduled to begin in November.  Insurance enrollment assistance will also be available.

 

Aunt Martha’s clinic staff and care coordination team will work closely with SwedishAmerican’s emergency department (ED) to ensure that patients who do not have a primary care physician receive appropriate follow-up care in a medical home setting.

 

“We’re excited to offer patients in this community the option of choosing a medical home that’s located right here at SwedishAmerican Hospital, a place that’s trusted, familiar and easy for people to access,” says Raul Garza, Aunt Martha’s President & CEO.

 

“This partnership, between Aunt Martha’s and SwedishAmerican, and others that will evolve from it, represent the future of health care.  This is a model that breaks down silos and takes a coordinated approach to meeting community needs.”

 

Aunt Martha’s clinic is located in Suite 3000 on the Hospital’s 3rd floor.  It will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday; and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month.

 

The public is invited to attend an open house on Friday, August 18 at 11 AM. A short program, ribbon cutting and light refreshments will be provided.

 

To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about Aunt Martha’s, call (877) 692-8686 or visit www.auntmarthas.org/rockford.

 

About SwedishAmerican
A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

 

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Beloit Health System and Stateline Family YMCA Partner

Beloit Health System and Stateline Family YMCA Partner to Create Sports Medicine Facility

 

Beloit Health System (BHS) is proud to announce the creation of Beloit Health System Sports Medicine YMCA, a sports medicine and physical therapy facility to be located within the new Stateline Family YMCA Ironworks branch on 3rd street in Beloit. Creation of the Sports Medicine facility at the YMCA represents a partnership between Beloit Health System and the Stateline Family YMCA, two organizations whose missions align on the promotion of health and wellness in the community.

“We are excited to welcome Beloit Health System and to make Physical Medicine services available to our members. Having sports rehabilitation and physical therapy onsite will be an added benefit – not only in convenience for our members but in maximizing their odds of a fast and full recovery,” says Doug Britt, Executive Director, Stateline Family YMCA.

Beloit Health System Sports Medicine YMCA will focus on treating sports related injuries, including patients who are considered tactical athletes – those injured doing jobs that require specialized and intense rehabilitation like police officers, fire fighters, military, and construction workers. Staff members from Beloit Health System’s Physical Medicine department and YMCA will work together to offer a streamlined approach to rehabilitation that will maximize outcomes and minimize number of visits for patients.

“Research has shown that after an injury, a patient’s long-term outcome improves dramatically when they engage in regular safe exercise. This model enables patients to easily transition from rehabilitation back into their active lifestyles,” says Tim McKevett, President and CEO, Beloit Health System.

Beloit Health System Sports Medicine will open in August, with the formal opening of the new Stateline Family YMCA facility. Patients seeking sports rehabilitation and physical therapy services will need a referral from their physician. To request more information or to schedule an initial appointment, please call (608) 364-5173. Please specify the YMCA Ironworks location when calling Beloit Health System Physical Medicine to request an appointment.

The opening of the Sports Medicine YMCA will add to the comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation services Beloit Health System currently offers at numerous facilities including Beloit Memorial Hospital in Beloit; Occupational Health and Sports Medicine on Lee Lane in Beloit; and NorthPointe Physical Medicine at NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus, Roscoe, Illinois.

 

About Beloit Health System

Beloit Health System provides care for the residents of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Home to the Hendricks Family Heart Hospital, Beloit Health System provides the area’s most innovative heart and vascular program. In 2017, the System’s joint replacement program, The Advanced Joint Care Center, became the first in Wisconsin to earn advanced certification in total hip and total knee replacement from the Joint Commission. Beloit Health System facilities include: Beloit Memorial Hospital, Beloit/UW Cancer Center, Occupational Health, Sports and Family Medicine, NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus, NorthPointe Surgery Center; the assisted living facilities located at NorthPointe Terrace and Riverside Terrace; and Beloit Regional Hospice. In addition, the system offers a network of doctors and advanced practice professionals providing care at the Beloit Clinic, Westside Clinic, Clinton Clinic, Darien Clinic, and Janesville Clinic. Visit us online at beloithealthsystem.org.

About the Y

The Y is one of the Stateline’s leading nonprofits strengthening our communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Stateline, 16,000 neighbors engage – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the communities’ health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Foundation Pro-Am Prepares for 32 Years of Swinging Success

Foundation Pro-Am Prepares for 32 Years of Swinging Success

 

Beloit Health System’s 32nd Foundation Pro-Am fundraising event is scheduled for Monday, July 31st at the Beloit Club. This year’s proceeds will help fund the most advanced cardiovascular services and cardiac care made possible through the construction of the new Hendricks Family Heart Hospital opened this June.

 

One of the many ways that golfers can win is by achieving a hole-in-one on a par 3 or sinking a designated 50-foot putt. The prize for each is $10,000 thanks to these area sponsors. Sponsors include Culvers, Bud Weiser Motors, Bryden Motors and Finley Buick GMC.

 

From left to right: Scott Weiser, Jim Agate, Bill Locke, Christine Lawver and Tom Finley.

 

Although the golf tournament is filled, if you would like to attend the $125 dinner with featured 2016 Senior PGA Winner Rocco Mediate, please call the Foundation office at 608-363-5724.

Blackhawk Bank Promotes Rivord To Teller Supervisor For New Banking Center

Laura Rivord has been promoted to the position of Teller Supervisor for Blackhawk Bank’s new full-service banking center in Janesville, which is slated to open later this year.

Rivord joined Blackhawk Bank 5 years ago and has advanced through positions of greater responsibility in the Personal Banking Division, where she has played a key role in delivering high quality client service. Laura’s experience as a Teller and Universal Banker have demonstrated her ability to proactively identify customer needs and develop innovative solutions. Her leadership skills will benefit her as she builds her new team and welcomes new customers.

Blackhawk Bank has served individuals, families and business owners since 1881. The Bank operates seven full service banking centers in Rockford, Belvidere, Machesney Park and Roscoe, Illinois, and in Beloit, Wisconsin. The Bank operates a Mortgage Processing Center in Rockford, Illinois, and currently, a Mortgage and Commercial Loan Center in Janesville, WI. The Bank recently announced plans to open a full service banking center later this year in Janesville at 2525 Milton Avenue. Complete information about Blackhawk Bank can be found at www.blackhawkbank.com.

SwedishAmerican Awards 15 Scholarships to Associates’ Children

SwedishAmerican Awards 15 Scholarships to Associates’ Children

 

As college tuition costs continue to rise, the good news is that SwedishAmerican is here to ease some of the burden through our Associates’ Children Scholarship Program, which recently provided 15 one-year $1,000 scholarships to children of SwedishAmerican associates. To be considered for the scholarship, each applicant submitted an application, written essay, ACT scores, class rank, official school transcript, completed applicant appraisal, a personal letter of recommendation and a copy of his or her letter of acceptance.

Local winners are: Elyssa Marie Cornejo, daughter of Marissa (10th floor); Elizabeth Dudeck, daughter of Amber (Mother/Baby); Kelsey Edwards, daughter of Rachele (OB/GYN); Jake Elmer, son of Lisa (Professional Practice); Max Farson, son of Becky (CardioPulmonary Rehab); Annika Gummerus, daughter of Jennifer (Cath Lab); Erin Hosto, daughter of Robert (Radiation Oncology); Haylee Lerch, daughter of Amber (Respiratory Therapy); Paulline Manguerra, daughter of Jennifer (PCU); Matison Markhardt, daughter of Vicki (Quality Department); Marissa Sanchez, daughter of Jennifer (Strathmoor Pediatrics); Abigail Schoonover, daughter of Elizabeth (Case Management); Lauren Severson, daughter of Kim (Information Systems); Andrea Strohmaier, daughter of Jeanette (Food Services); Shannin Walter, daughter of Christina (Rochelle Clinic).

“Our Associates’ Children Scholarship Program is just one more example of how SwedishAmerican is working to positively impact our associates and community,” says SwedishAmerican Vice President of Human Resources Jerry Guinane. “As it is every year, this year’s selection process was extremely difficult, and we express our gratitude over the interest these young men and women have shown in the program.”

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency.

SM&SF Club Events to Raise Money for SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center

This weekend, the SM&SF Club Park (7625 Kishwaukee Road) is hosting a Steak Fry and Kick-In for Cancer event to raise money for local area hospitals and hospice centers, including the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center. This family-friendly event, supported by the SwedishAmerican Foundation, will take place over two days, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16. Event details are listed below:

Saturday, July 15 – Steak Fry

  • Steak Fry and Luminaries at the Park: 5 – 8 PM
  • Prime Time Band: 6 – 10 PM

Sunday, July 16 – Kick-In for Cancer

  • Lunch (hamburgers, cheese burgers, brats and hot dogs): 12 – 4 PM
  • DJ Music Inc.: 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Pablo & the Rhythmix Band: 2 – 5 PM
  • Fun & Games (police dogs, helicopter and more): 11 AM – 5 PM
  • Raffles & Prizes drawn at 5 PM

SM&SF Club is located three miles south of UPS on Kishwaukee Road. For more information, please call the SM&SF Club at (815) 399-9471.

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

 

About the SwedishAmerican Foundation

Established in 1981, the SwedishAmerican Foundation raises and distributes funds to advance SwedishAmerican and its mission to care for our community. This includes SwedishAmerican Hospital, its clinics and the neighborhood surrounding the hospital. The Foundation also supports local community healthcare organizations that further the mission of SwedishAmerican. An appointed board of directors oversees the assets and activities of this nonprofit, tax-exempt Illinois corporation

SwedishAmerican Installs Pharmaceutical Waste Management System to Reduce Groundwater Contamination & Drug Diversion

SwedishAmerican is pleased to announce it is one of the first hospitals in Illinois to install the CsRx Full Service by Stericycle, a waste stream management system to help keep controlled substance pharmaceutical waste from entering public water supplies and from getting into the wrong hands by properly segregating and disposing it. SwedishAmerican is the only hospital in Rockford to install the CsRx Full Service system.

A big challenge for many healthcare facilities is staying updated on regulations related to wasting drugs and pharmacy formulary changes. SwedishAmerican’s recently implemented standardized process and prudent disposal solution further reinforces to the community its commitment to air and water quality and environmental leadership.

SwedishAmerican manages a pharmaceutical formulary made-up of almost 1,300 characterized drugs. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Additionally, a vast array of pharmaceuticals has been found in drinking water and water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, according to the Associated Press.

The CsRx Full Service by Stericycle aims to:

  • Improve employee and patient safety. The system recognizes that patients care about healthcare providers doing the right thing for proper controlled substance waste disposal. It is the responsibility of individual facility leaders to ensure that each waste stream is managed well by healthcare workers who segregate waste into its proper streams.
  • Prevent diversion of drugs. Several factors led SwedishAmerican to seek a standardized controlled substance specific solution: meeting the EPA state regulations that hospital staff cannot waste narcotics by flushing or dumping them down the drain in Illinois; and having a simple process to help avoid what can become a complex situation: diversion of drugs fueled by the national epidemic of opioid abuse.
  • Do right by the environment. The Rock River Water Reclamation District along with the U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA changed the law to reflect that medications can no longer be wasted through the waste water system. SwedishAmerican is helping decrease the medications wasted into the public water system and helping our communities by keeping the drinking water safer.
  • Prioritizing safety. The CsRx Full Service by Stericycle: deactivates pills, tablets, patches or liquids within hours; deters diversion by solidifying agents; includes containers with lockable wall mount brackets and inner lids designed to prevent hands, sharps, vials or ampules from entering the container. Additionally, staff is trained by Stericycle’s team of healthcare compliance specialists regarding EPA and Department of Transportation regulations, as well as the Joint Commission standards that focus on hazardous and pharmaceutical waste.

“The CsRx Full Service by Stericycle helps increase safety and

security and helps keep SwedishAmerican ahead of regulatory compliance, while reducing unintended costs,” says SwedishAmerican pharmacy distribution manager, Beth Schar. “SwedishAmerican cares about our community and cares about what goes into our public water supply. This system allows us to ‘be green’ while also helping to reduce drug diversions. It’s a win-win.”

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

SwedishAmerican Holds Trauma Disaster Drill to Train Employees

SwedishAmerican Holds Trauma Disaster Drill to Train Employees

 

SwedishAmerican Hospital conducted a construction site collapse trauma disaster drill exercise in the Emergency Department on Friday, July 7. The scenario was based on a large 6-story old factory that collapsed during a construction restoration project in downtown Rockford. Multiple workers were struck by debris, fell from a significant height or trapped under fallen rubble and several patients were brought to SwedishAmerican’s Emergency Department.

The purpose of the exercise was to test SwedishAmerican’s Response Plan and identify weaknesses in need of improvement. It’s a test of logistics (e.g. equipment, process, casualty tracking, casualty movement and communications) as it is a test of casualty care. During the exercise, SwedishAmerican employees acted as patients with particular injuries and issues. Staff who participated in the drill was unaware of the exercise as the drill was intended to catch them off guard and strain the system.

“SwedishAmerican is a major resource for our community and in order to better our staff and our hospital, it is important to hold disaster drills so that we can be prepared for any type of emergency situation that comes through our doors,” says SwedishAmerican Trauma Services Manager Jennifer Pirrello. “I was very impressed with our staff. They did a great job and everyone bettered themselves today.”

SwedishAmerican patients and visitors were not affected by the drill. Hospital personnel were available to assist and reroute guests to appropriate entrances when needed.

 

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.